Pope Francis: the hands of God are ‘blistered by love’

Vatican City, Nov 12, 2013 / 10:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis recalled how God formed man with his own hand, emphasizing that he is a father who seeks to console his children rather than hurt them. “Jesus, God, has taken his wounds with him: he makes them visible to the Father. This is the price: The hands of God are hands blistered by love! And this consoles us much,” the Pope stated during his Nov. 12 daily homily. The pontiff directed his … [Read more...]

Costa Rica ambassador praises ‘paternal’ heart of Pope Francis

Vatican City, Nov 12, 2013 / 09:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Costa Rican ambassador to Italy praised Pope Francis for his example and attention to the poor, speaking also of the many visible fruits in the country's relationship with the Vatican. “We are absolutely marveled, absolutely happy he has been selected, because His Holiness has an attitude...so beautiful, so paternal, so open,” Ambassador Jaime Feinzaig reflected in a Nov. 8 interview with CNA. Feinzaig has held the … [Read more...]

Rome sabbatical aims to renew priests through prayer, formation

Vatican City, Nov 11, 2013 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A special sabbatical program invites priests to come to the Eternal City to rest and receive classes on topics relevant in the Church today in order to give new ardor to their pastoral ministry. “We want them to stir into flame the gift they received on the ordination day, to rediscover that zeal they had,” Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo told CNA during a Nov. 8 interview. Msgr. Figueiredo is the director of the Institute for … [Read more...]

The sick are not merely ‘objects of charity,’ Pope reflects

Vatican City, Nov 11, 2013 / 05:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a meeting with an Italian organization dedicated to helping those in poor health go on pilgrimage, Pope Francis reminded the ill and infirm that they have a true role in the Church. “Dear sisters and brothers who are unwell, don't consider yourselves only as objects of solidarity and charity, but feel integrated fully into the life and the mission of the Church,” he told the members of U.N.I.T.A.L.S.I., the National … [Read more...]

God carries our names in his heart, explains Pope

Vatican City, Nov 10, 2013 / 02:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ Sunday Angelus message emphasized the unique concern God has for every human person.“The name of God is linked to the names of men and women with whom he unites himself, and this bond is stronger than death,” the Pope told crowds in St. Peter’s Square on Nov. 10.“And so we can say that (about) the relationship of God with us, with every one us. He is the God of each of us, as he carries … [Read more...]

Pope expresses solidarity with victims of Philippines typhoon

Vatican City, Nov 10, 2013 / 06:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis sent a message of prayer and encouragement to those who were affected by the huge storm that swept across the Philippines on Friday. Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin sent a telegram on behalf of the Pontiff to the Philippine president, Benigno Aquino III, on Nov. 10, saying, “Deeply saddened by the destruction and loss of life caused by the super typhoon, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses his … [Read more...]

Pope’s words show ongoing conversation with world

Vatican City, Nov 9, 2013 / 07:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ priority is the pastoral care of the people entrusted to him, and his words are intentionally suited to this purpose; but this does not mean he will concede on doctrine, a noted Vaticanista has explained. In two recently published articles at L'Espresso, Sandro Magister sketched out the peculiar style of Pope Francis' informal means of communication. Magister maintains that Pope Francis has inaugurated a … [Read more...]


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